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59km (37 miles) NW of Copenhagen; 25km (16 miles) W of Helsingør; 18km (11 miles) NW of Hillerød; 71km (44 miles) N of Roskilde

If heather-covered hills, gloriously wide sandy beaches backed by low dunes, and a forest of dramatic wind-tormented trees is your idea of a good time, make it to the seaside village of Tisvildeleje. We find it the most idyllic along the coast, the perfect place for a writer to complete that novel (more likely a screenplay these days). Tisvildeleje -- the largest settlement in the region known as Tisvilde -- opens onto the broadest stretch of white sandy beaches in Zealand, although the waters, even in July, will be too cold for you if you're accustomed to Florida-like temperatures. The best beach is less than 1.5km (1 mile) west of the center of the resort. It has a changing room and toilets and also a spacious parking lot.

People also come here for walks through Tisvilde Hegn, a wind-swept forest of heather-covered hills and trees twisted by the cold Nordic winds.